Residents of senior living who have recently received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia may experience a number of complicated emotions and find themselves with many questions about their condition.
A new initiative from the Alzheimer's Association reaches out to these individuals and their families, offering a wide range of resources and recommendations for understanding cognitive decline and maintaining a high quality of life.
Learning together, not alone
One of the most prominent messages of the "I Have Alzheimer's" campaign is that people who experience mental decline are not on their own. The site's introductory video highlights a number of real seniors who are living with Alzheimer's disease and understand the symptoms and complications of the condition. The concerns voiced by these older adults may ring true with you or a loved one as well.
"I wanted to know how others responded to their diagnosis," said Myriam, one of the seniors interviewed by the association.
Other topics of interest included planning for the future, adapting to changes in day-to-day life, and knowing what to expect at each stage of the condition and where to seek out resources for dealing with symptoms. The "I Have Alzheimer's" project encourages people who have recently learned that they have this form of dementia to approach the disease and learn about its implications at their own pace.
Information provided on the Alzheimer's Association's page addresses common concerns for people who are experiencing mild cognitive decline, as well as more advanced stages of dementia. This includes understanding what the diagnosis means for the short- and long-term, and how to share news about the condition with family members, friends and other important people in one's life. Special materials are available for dealing with stigma related to the diagnosis as well.
The "Live Your Best Life" section offers advice for maintaining a high quality of life after learning that one has Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. This includes tips for reducing stress and living a life that is both physically and emotionally safe and sound. Spiritual and social health also play into overall well-being. For people who are interested in seeking additional help, the "Programs and Support" section offers a list of resources, such as a 24/7 helpline. It also includes contact information for local Alzheimer's Association chapters, as well as support groups and education workshops.
National Dentists' Day is March 6, and a reminder that your pearly whites don't stay that way on their own. In recent years, dental health among older Americans has been on the decline, according to reports from Oral Health America. Today, however, residents of senior living can review dental recommendations and give their dentists something to smile about.
As seniors age and their abilities change, many decide to make the move to a retirement living community. Although the transition comes with a number of benefits, the process of leaving a former home and moving to a new one also comes with several important responsibilities. Real estate agents and family members who are helping an older adult move to independent living may consider the following concerns throughout the process:
Looking for a hearty and nutritious dish for dinner? Look no further than this tasty pasta dish courtesy of our dining services coordinator at Sunrise of Worthington, OH! This is a family-tested and -approved creation that was inspired by the idea of finding a healthy dish that satisfies the taste buds. Residents at Sunrise of Worthington particularly enjoy this dish and always comment on how unexpected the flavor combinations are – in a good way! Worthington’s dining services coordinator shares, “After many years in the business I have watched our mid-western “meat and potatoes” customers develop and become more open to meat-free/vegetarian options.
At Sunrise at Webb Gin, the dining service coordinator plays a critical role in the community’s ambiance of warm hospitality. Prospective residents and their families get to take home a snack bag full of these sweet and crunchy treats after touring.